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Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award 2021 winners selected

Monday, May 17, 2021

 

 

MANHATTAN — Excellence in research has earned several students at Kansas State University recognition through the eighth annual Kirmser Undergraduate Research Awards.

In May, the award committee, made up of faculty from varying disciplines, rewarded outstanding undergraduate research in topics ranging from French to social work. Grand prize awards were given in three categories: individual freshman, individual non-freshman and group. The individual grand prizewinners received $1,000 each, and the group grand prizewinners shared a $3,000 award. Honorable mentions were also named in two categories.

The awards are made possible through a gift from the Philip and Jeune Kirmser estate.

Both grand and honorable mention prizewinners are invited to archive their projects in the university's institutional repository, the K-State Research Exchange, or K-REx, so that they are available online to the public.

The grand prize in the group research category was for the project "The Association Between Childhood Trauma and Social Anxiety Among Adults" for the Social Research Methods & Analysis class taught by Jung Sim Jun, assistant professor of social work.

The following students were recognized through the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Awards:

Morgan Poole, junior in social work, Alta Vista, honorable mention, group research project; Conor Bird, junior in social work, Great Bend, grand prize, group research project, "The Association Between Childhood Trauma and Social Anxiety Among Adults"; Jessi Kindscher, sophomore in social work, Hoisington, grand prize, group research project, "The Association Between Childhood Trauma and Social Anxiety Among Adults"; Tom McClain, senior in economics and biology, Leawood, grand prize in the individual non-freshman research category for his project, "The Role of Economics in the Fight Against Climate Change," completed for the Economics Senior Seminar taught by Daniel Kuester, director of undergraduate studies in economics; Stacia Satzler, senior in architectural engineering, Manhattan, honorable mention, individual non-freshman project; Matthew Murphy, freshman in architecture and French, Merriam, grand prize in the individual freshman research category for his project, "Émile de Rousseau: La pédagogie, la volonté, l'independence," completed for the class Special Studies in French taught by Melinda Cro, associate professor of modern languages; Miranda Urban, junior in social work, Salina, honorable mention, group research project; and Kristen Collom, junior in social work, Topeka, grand prize, group research project, "The Association Between Childhood Trauma and Social Anxiety Among Adults".

From out of state: Kimberly Cazella, junior in social work, Orlando, Florida, honorable mention, group research project.



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Alta Vista, Great Bend, Hoisington, Leawood, Manhattan, Merriam, Salina and Topeka, Kansas; and Orlando, Florida.

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Conor Bird
Conor Bird, Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award grand prizewinner.

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Jessi Kindscher
Jessi Kindscher, Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award grand prizewinner.

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Tom McClain
Tom McClain, Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award grand prizewinner.

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Matthew Murphy
Matthew Murphy, Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award grand prizewinner.

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Kristen Collom
Kristen Collom, Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award grand prizewinner.

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Cailin Riley
cailinr@k-state.edu